Report: Fourfold increase in uranium levels in atmosphere after “shock and awe” bombing against IraqMay 30, 2010 at 10:37 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
Tags: Bombing of Iraq, Depleted Uranium
From The Sunday Times
February 19, 2006
UK radiation jump blamed on Iraq shells
Mark Gould and Jon Ungoed-Thomas
RADIATION detectors in Britain recorded a fourfold increase in uranium levels in the atmosphere after the “shock and awe” bombing campaign against Iraq, according to a report.
Environmental scientists who uncovered the figures through freedom of information laws say it is evidence that depleted uranium from the shells was carried by wind currents to Britain.
Tags: Turkish language
Turkish Should be One of the EU Official Languages
|Friday, 28 May 2010|
|* By Sedat LACINER
The European Union (EU) has an understanding of fostering multilingualism. EU institutions encourage EU citizens to speak as many languages as they can, as well as make significant contributions to the languages of minorities within the Union. The same stance is seen when we take the official languages of the EU into consideration: The languages of the member countries are also included in official languages of the EU. In this respect, 23 languages (German, English, French, Italian, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovak, Slovenian, Romanian, Polish, Irish, Maltese, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, and Swedish) are accepted as official languages of the EU. In addition, Catalan, Galician and Basque are semi-official languages of the Union.
Some of these languages are spoken by only a few hundred thousand people. For example, Maltese is a micro-language spoken by only 300,000 people, yet it is one of the official languages of the ‘enormous’ EU. Irish is known by just 300,000 people, but the number of people who really use this language daily is around 40,000. Only 1.1 million people speak Estonian etc.
To sum up, the EU gives significant importance to languages in Europe and accepts even the languages spoken by just a few hundred thousand people as official languages to be able to keep the diversity. Too much money, time and energy are consumed while translating all the legislation into these languages.
Within these circumstances, there is a big language disregarded by the EU: Turkish. Turkish is the official language of one of the EU members: the Republic of Cyprus. If you take a look at the constitution of the Republic of Cyprus, it is written that the official languages of the state are Greek and Turkish. Greek and Turkish are side by side both on Cypriot money and the stamps. Do not misunderstand; I am not referring to the state founded in the north. I mean the south! One of official languages of the EU member Cyprus (Greek Cypriot Side) is still Turkish.
Turkish language is not only one of the two official languages of Cyprus, but also millions of EU citizens’ mother tongue. Millions of Bulgarian Turks, hundred thousands of Greek West Thrace Turks and almost 5 million Turks dispersed over Western Europe speak mostly in Turkish in their daily lives. Today the number of EU citizens whose mother tongue is Turkish and who speak Turkish in daily life exceeds 3 million people. Turkish is the thirteenth most spoken language in the EU countries.
In short, Turkish is not a language to be overlooked. So why does the EU exclude Turkish from its official languages in spite of all these realities? Why does the EU, which accepts Northern Cyprus as an EU territory by violating its own laws, and made the Greek Cypriot side an EU member despite all the objections and the rule of law, not accept the official language of a full member state as an official language of the EU? Is Brussels allergic not only to the religion of the Turks, but also to the language of the Turks?
Friday, 28 May 2010
The Spanish Government is trying to stop the activities in Gijón and Madrid
Memo from the Spanish Campaign against the Occupation and for the Sovereignty of Iraq
IraqSolidaridad (www.iraqsolidaridad.org), May 28, 2010
“CEOSI deplores the change of attitude of the Spanish government, which will complicate or delay what would have been an invaluable contribution to the success of a negotiated, democratic and binding solution in Iraq. The meetings organized in Spain encompass the participation of the highest representatives of the currents in the anti-occupation camp, along with Iraqi intellectuals and activists, international personalities and representatives of European and U.S. organizations. The rough draft of the final communiqué, which would be signed and presented in Gijón, would have been a remarkable contribution to this objective, as it would display for the first time a united and public commitment to a democratic reconstruction of Iraq and condemnation of terrorism.”
Tags: De-Baathificiation, Iraq's election, Iraqi High Electoral Commission
Posted by Reidar Visser
on Friday, 28 May 2010 14:44
New information keeps emerging about the attempts by State of Law (SLA) to have three parliamentary seat winners – two from Iraqiyya in Diyala and one from the Iraqi National Alliance (INA) – disqualified and their votes cancelled. The likely net effect of such an action would be a gain for State of Law of one to two seats and a similar loss for Iraqiyya, putting the two on an equal footing or even making State of Law the biggest bloc in parliament.
Tags: CEOSI, Iraqi Resistance
Al-Maliki will demand the hand-over of our Iraqi participants
May 28, 2010“
The Iraqi government has reported that it will demand that the Spanish government block the holding of conference activities scheduled in Gijَn and Madrid between June 18-21. The conference, titled “International Conference on the Iraqi Political Resistance —Iraq, Sovereignty and Democratic Reconstruction,” has been organized by the Spanish Campaign against the Occupation and for the Sovereignty of Iraq (CEOSI). According to the official note, the al-Maliki government will demand that Spain not allow the conference to be held, in which “persons will participate who are claimed [by the Iraqi government] to have lent financial aid and support to violence.” Through Ali Musawi, Press Secretary for the Iraqi Prime Minister and Director of the National Press Center, it has threatened Spain with “negative repercussions.” According to Arab media, the collaborationist Iraqi authorities may even demand the surrender of the Iraqi participants, the majority of whom have visited Spain previously and certain of whom have already obtained their entry visa”.
In a note released on Monday, May 24th by the presidential office of the acting Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi government has reported that it will demand that the Spanish government block the holding of activities planned in Gijَn and Madrid between June 18th and 21st. The “International Conference of the Iraqi Political Resistance – Iraq, Sovereignty and Democratic Reconstruction,” has been organized by the Spanish Campaign Against the Occupation and for the Sovereignty of Iraq (CEOSI) . According to the official note, the al-Maliki government will demand that Spain not allow this meeting to be held, which “will be attended by people claimed [by the Iraqi government] to have financed and supported violence.” According to Arab media, the collaborative Iraqi authorities may come to ask for the Iraqi participants to be surrendered, the majority of whom have visited Spain on previous occasions and some of whom have already obtained their entry visas for the event.
In the events planned for Spain, senior representatives from the main anti-occupation currents will be joined by Iraqi intellectuals and activists, as well as international figures and representatives from European and U.S. organizations. At the Gijَn conference it is hoped that these groups will put forward a first joint statement, claiming legitimacy for the resistance to the occupation according to legal international parameters and expressly condemning all kinds of terrorism. Also, that Iraq’s integrity be defended and that the various nationalities within the Iraqi people be acknowledged and respected, and that dialogue be the method for resolving problems between Iraqis. Finally, that political plurality be explicitly defended along with peaceful alternatives in power, according to the will of the Iraqi people expressed through the polls – along with the principle of equality in the duties and rights of all Iraqis, and recognition and compliance with all international accords relative to the protection of human rights.
Threats of “Negative Repercussions” for Spain
Ali Musawi, Press Secretary for the Iraqi Prime Minister and Director of the National Press Center told the official Iraqi newspaper al-Sabah on Monday “that the [Iraqi] government deplores the holding of such conferences, whose objective is to derail efforts toward stability and security in the country, and attack the democratic experience [in Iraq].” Ali Musawi reported that the Iraqi Foreign Affairs Ministry would send an urgent message to the Spanish government “via the diplomatic route (…) to stop the holding of the conference” in which, according to him – it is planned that Iraqi citizens “who support terrorism” will participate. According to al-Sabah, Musawi was quoted as saying, “The Iraqi government rejects the holding of such conferences, in Spain or any other country, which negatively affect the situation in Iraq.
The Arabic language newspaper Sharq al-Awsat also reported in its Tuesday, May 25th edition , that Ali Musawi had told it “that the Iraqi Foreign Affairs Ministry has mobilized itself to protest the holding of this conference, as well as any others with similar characteristics in any other country, and has informed its Spanish counterpart of its unhappiness over the issue and the possible negative repercussions that the conference might have on bilateral relations.”
Since January, 2010, a colonel from the Spanish Civil Guard has headed the European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq —called “Eujust Lex”— whose objective is to train police, prosecutors and prison personnel. As confirmed by the U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, in his visit to Madrid at the beginning of May, the Spanish Civil Guard will also train the Iraqi border police .
Since the holding of legislative elections in Iraq on March 7th, the country’s internal situation is dependent on Nuri al-Maliki, the acting Prime Minister, being able to remain in charge through the support of the minority Shiite group, the Iraqi Alliance, snatching the win from Iyad Allawi, who heads the list with the most support – 91 of the 325 parliamentary seats. In recent weeks, the Iranian regime has brokered the negotiations and imposed an agreement in Tehran – which includes al-Maliki’s re-election – an agreement that was finally accepted by Moqtada al-Sader , who was initially hostile to al-Maliki’s re-election.
Again according to Sharq al-Awsat, Musawi has indicated that the internal Iraqi government will ask the Spanish government to hand over the conference participants, against whom it has issued judicial arrest warrants. The majority of the Iraqi participants planning to attend the activities in Gijَn and Madrid have visited Spain on previous occasions and some of them have already recently obtained their European Union entry visas.
1. See IraqSolidaridad: International Conference of the Iraqi Political Resistance and
Public Activities Program: Gijَn (Spain), June 18-20, 2010
The Iraqi-German scholarship programme will be run annually. It is aimed at candidates for Master’s and Doctoral studies. The scholarship covers living costs and study costs, including German language courses. As scholarships are supported by Iraqi and German funding, the applicants have to go through Iraqi and German phases in the application process. The first is the Nomination Phase. Only applicants who are nominated by the MoHESR can then apply to the DAAD at the Qualification Phase. Applicants who pass the strict assessment by professors at the Selection Phase will be granted a scholarship in the Award Phase.
How Iraqi students can apply for the German scholarships
The Iraqi-German scholarship program will be run annually. The scholarship covers living and study costs, including German-language courses. As scholarships are supported by Iraqi and German funding, the applicants have to go through Iraqi and German phases in the application process. The first is the Nomination Phase. Only applicants who are nominated by the Iraqi MHESR can then apply to DAAD in the Qualification Phase. Applicants who pass the strict assessment by professors at the Selection Phase will be granted a scholarship in the Award Phase.
If a student is successful at the interview and nominated by the MHESR, he or she will enter the Qualification Phase of the application. This nomination does not mean that the student has been awarded the scholarship.
The student must submit documents to DAAD in Germany to show he or she meets the requirements. This is the most important part of the application. DAAD will base their award on the quality of the student’s study proposals and evidence of his or her motivation to study in Germany.
Then, the applications are evaluated. The scholarships are awarded by an independent selection committee of noted university professors nominated by DAAD. DAAD created a website known as tabadul for Iraqi students who want to study in Germany.
Tags: 9/11 Israeli connection, Mossad
– 27. May, 2010
Breaking his self-imposed rule against talking about 9/11, former Senior BBC Mideast Correspondent and author Alan Hart described what he thinks may have really happened on that fateful day on yesterday’s Kevin Barrett show.
Hart, who got to know Yasser Arafat and Golda Meir while serving as a Security Council-briefed Mideast peace negotiator, said that he has been assured by a top-level demolitions/engineering expert who wishes to remain anonymous that the three World Trade Center skyscrapers were destroyed by controlled demolitions, not plane crashes and fires. (For the names of more than 1000 experts willing to go on the record with the same opinion, see http://www.ae911truth.org).
During the hour-long interview, Hart discussed Israel’s record of engaging in outrageous attacks on friend and foe alike, and spreading even more outrageous lies to cover them up. (Around the midpoint of the show he explained the real reason Israel attacked the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967.)
Regarding 9/11, Hart suggested that while there may have been some original terrorist plot conceived by fellow-travelers of Osama Bin Laden, the Israeli Mossad, with its near-total penetration of Middle Eastern governments and terrorist groups alike, would have quickly detected and hijacked the operation to its own ends, orchestrating a spectacularly successful attack on America designed to be blamed on its Arab and Muslim enemies. Hart added that the Mossad operation that became 9/11 would have been aided and abetted by certain corrupt American leaders.
Sounding a chilling note, Hart added that the U.S. is in grave danger of an Israeli-instigated false-flag nuclear attack, perhaps using an American nuclear weapon stolen from Minot Air Force Base during the “loose nukes” rogue operation of August, 2007. The motive would be to trigger a U.S. war with Iran, and perhaps to finish the ethnic cleansing of Palestine under cover of war–which Hart is convinced the Zionists are planning to do as soon as the opportunity presents itself.
When a warning this serious is delivered by a messenger with the stature of Alan Hart, the American people had better find a way around the news blackout imposed by the Zionist-dominated corporate and pseudo-alternative media. The only thing standing in the way of an Israeli false-flag nuclear attack on America, a disastrous US war on Iran, and a horrendous acceleration of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, is the awareness of the American people.
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Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East.
Tags: Turkey, Turkish foreign policy
Turkey’s zero-problems foreign policy
The Turkish government this week brokered an 11th-hour nuclear fuel swap deal with Iran. Turkey’s foreign minister explains the principles that made it possible.
by Ahmet Davutoglu
Throughout modern history, there has been a direct relationship between conflict and the emergence of new ways of arbitrating world affairs. Every major war since the 17th century was concluded by a treaty that led to the emergence of a new order, from the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 that followed the Thirty Years’ War, to the Congress of Vienna of 1814-1815 that brought an end to the Napoleonic Wars, to the ill-fated Treaty of Versailles that concluded the first World War, to the agreement at Yalta that laid the groundwork for the establishment of the United Nations in 1945. Yet the Cold War, which could be regarded as a global-scale war, ended not with grand summitry, but with the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet Union. There was no official conclusion; one of the combatant sides just suddenly ceased to exist.
Tags: Secret prisons in Iraq
Witness: Secret Iraq prison for women and children
By Jane Arraf & Mohammed al-Dulaimy,
|Iraq’s Muthanna Army base has women and children in a secret prison, says an Iraqi eyewitness. He says some are family members of Al Qaeda suspect and are used to extract confessions.May 26, 2010BAGHDAD
There aren’t supposed to be any prisons at the Muthanna Iraqi Army base, let alone ones with children in them.
But a member of the Iraqi security services says that as late as mid-May, he saw children playing in a makeshift detention center here.
Tags: Jalal Talabani
|26/05/2010By Ma’ad Fayad
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat- So far, it seems that the Iraqi political blocs that have won in the last legislative elections at last have agreed on a single issue, namely to support the nomination by the Kurdistan Alliance of President Jalal Talabani for a second presidential term.
President Talabani has given Asharq Al-Awsat an exclusive, lengthy, and comprehensive interview, which is his first interview with an Arab publication after the elections, and in which he talks about the role of Saudi Arabia and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in helping Iraq and the Iraqis without interfering in its internal affairs.
The following is the text of the interview: